Dr. Lonnie Smith isn't actually a doctor, and though he wears a turban and a long beard, he's not a sikh. Nope-the dude's just cool like that. Smith, who started playing jazz in his teens and went on to perform and record with the George Benson Quartet before eventually heading up his own group and getting signed to Blue Note records, is a master of the Hammond B-3 organ and considered one of the greatest musicians to ever tickle the instrument's soulful keys. He's been sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest ("Can I Kick It?") and Wu-Tang Klan and, at age 71, recently put out a new album, In the Beginning. At , Smith and his trio perform at The Loft @ UCSD-a fantastically intimate venue for this jazz great. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $28 for reserved seating.
A hundred years to the day after the Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk, another ship set off to make history: the Titanic 2! Dumb, dumb, dumb! While Leo steered clear of this cinematic project, a bevvy of talented thespians signed up to go down with the ship, including writer, director and star Shane Van Dyke. If this movie sounds completely terrible, that's because it is. And that's why the Laundromat Candy gang will be carefully reviewing it scene by scene , for their monthly movie night at ArtLab Studios in Normal Heights (3536 Adams Ave.). Enjoy the first-rate acting, award-winning CGI and flawless plot as comedians Dan Venti, Pat Puccini, Jeff Bilodeau, Chris Curtis and Adam Wolpe unload boatloads of constructive feedback and incisive observations. Doors open at , show begins at $5 suggested donation. Holy crap, there's free popcorn, beer and wine.
Robert Irwin's site-specific installation work is sometimes so subtle, it can initially be overlooked. Those minimalist pieces are often some of his best-and, once you discover the work, the ingeniousness and gracefulness of his gesture is immediately recognizable. At this stage in the game, the octogenarian has absolutely mastered the art of using light and space to cleverly play with people's perceptions. See new works by the seminal artist at a solo exhibition opening at Quint Contemporary Art (7547 Girard Ave., La Jolla) from . The work will focus on how light can very simply but effectively change and alter a space. Irwin will also have a new piece on view at the La Jolla Athenaeum (1008 Wall St.) alongside selections from the museum's permanent collection. That show opens from .
The San Diego Museum of Art's collection of South Asian paintings, assembled by Crayola (yup, as in the crayon) heir Edwin Binney, is one of the most celebrated in the world and has traveled from Paris to Madrid to Mexico City for special exhibitions. The colorful, intricate works, which went on display at the museum last fall, are the inspiration for Culture & Cocktails, SDMA's semi-regular nighttime art event, which takes place from . Check out Binney's collection, which includes works dating back to the 12th century, sip on the event's signature cocktail (the Mumbai Mule), take in Bollywood-style dance performances, memorialize the evening in the slow-motion-capture photo booth, get a henna tattoo and groove to music by DJ Scott Roberts. Admission is $20 (free for SDMA members) and the event is 21 and up, so leave the kiddos at home.